50 knot near pitchpole for Sodebo

Thomas Coville into the Indian Ocean in dramatic fashion

Wednesday February 16th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Image above courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind.

 

Date Lat Long Spd Crs Spd2 Spd3 Dist DTF v IDEC
      Inst   4hr 24 hours      
16/02/2011 08:00 42°51.97'S 025°25.28'E 22.9 97° 20.8 21.2 509.9 16 802 -1 211.00
16/02/2011 06:00 42°46.16'S 024°27.10'E 20.4 99° 18.5 20.9 502.7 16 844 -1 201.60
16/02/2011 04:15 42°42.31'S 023°35.57'E 20 92° 17.7 21 503.1 16 881 -1 195.60
16/02/2011 02:00 42°46.04'S 022°35.20'E 16.2 88° 18.6 21.2 509.3 16 922 -1 181.60
16/02/2011 00:00 42°46.99'S 021°55.63'E 16.5 90° 21.9 22.1 531 16 949 -1 165.20
15/02/2011 22:00 42°40.81'S 021°03.80'E 21.6 105° 23.1 22.7 545 16 987 -1 156.80
15/02/2011 20:00 42°30.63'S 020°05.31'E 26 103° 24 22.9 548.4 17 032 -1 151.30
15/02/2011 18:00 42°19.62'S 019°01.48'E 23.8 102° 24.6 22.9 549 17 080 -1 150.40
15/02/2011 16:00 42°11.14'S 018°00.35'E 23.7 107° 24.1 22.9 550.6 17 125 -1 146.70
15/02/2011 14:00 42°01.52'S 016°55.09'E 27.3 96° 21.7 22.9 549.3 17 174 -1 145.10
15/02/2011 12:00 41°53.10'S 015°46.19'E 26 100° 19.1 22.3 536.2 17 225 -1 146.70
15/02/2011 10:00 41°39.80'S 014°50.57'E 19.4 116° 19.2 22.6 541.7 17 269 -1 141.90
15/02/2011 08:00 41°32.32'S 014°04.81'E 20.7 113° 20.7 23.1 554.2 17 304 -1 128.30
15/02/2011 06:00 41°19.86'S 013°19.71'E 25.2 112° 23.1 23.5 563.1 17 340 -1 114.20
15/02/2011 04:15 41°10.38'S 012°30.07'E 21.4 103° 24.4 23.8 572.3 17 378 -1 110.30
15/02/2011 02:00 40°58.92'S 011°25.99'E 25.5 102° 25.1 23.8 570.7 17 427 -1 106.50
15/02/2011 00:00 40°48.38'S 010°20.75'E 28 105° 25.3 23.7 568.5 17 477 -1 109.70
14/02/2011 22:00 40°35.83'S 009°13.39'E 23.4 101° 24.5 23.6 566.6 17 529 -1 115.10
14/02/2011 20:00 40°27.95'S 008°11.09'E 25.7 101° 24.8 23.5 563.7 17 576 -1 116.40
14/02/2011 18:05 40°23.14'S 007°06.08'E 25.2 91° 23.1 23.2 555.9 17 624 -1 115.20
14/02/2011 16:00 40°24.38'S 006°00.75'E 24.5 90° 23.6 23.4 561.2 17 669 -1 109.10
14/02/2011 14:00 40°24.07'S 004°55.78'E 24.1 84° 23.7 23.4 560.5 17 715 -1 104.20
14/02/2011 12:00 40°30.13'S 004°01.63'E 24 80° 25.1 23.3 559.6 17 751 -1 089.40
14/02/2011 10:00 40°39.04'S 002°55.05'E 25.3 80° 24.3 23.4 560.7 17 795 -1 083.20
14/02/2011 08:00 40°45.34'S 001°50.94'E 26.2 88° 22.9 23.4 561.7 17 838 -1 080.10

Powering through driving rain and 32 knots of southwesterly wind, Sodebo rounded the Cape of Good Hope yesterday (Tuesday) at 1702 GMT after 17 days, 5 hours, 54 minutes and 32 seconds at sea. Sodebo covered the 8,405 miles at an average speed of 20.31 knots and has now broken through into the Indian Ocean, a nasty, dreaded, liquid desert.

Sodebo's deficit of 9 hours and 27 minutes at the Equator some ten days ago, has increased to 1 day, 22 hours and 41 minutes behind the pace of record holder Francis Joyon and IDEC.

After four days in the Southern Ocean, Sodebo has been riding the leading edge of a very active depression. These are providing lively conditions - Coville will certain remember an episode yesterday morning when a massive gust almost pitchpoled the 105ft trimaran. 

As Coville recounted: “Closing in on the Cape of Good Hope making peak speeds of over 30 knots in confused seas, the trimaran surfed off a wave in a gust reaching nearly 50 knots. At the bottom of the wave, all three hulls came to a halt and the boat was lifted up at the back until she was up standing upright on her bows. After that, the ‘bow-burying antics’ at the start of the trip were a joke.

"Quick reactions allowed me to dump the sheet rather than using it to hold onto. When you actually go into a wave it’s like a dream!

"It’ll soon be four days that I’ve been in winds of over 30 knots with speeds which don’t allow you to put a foot wrong. In conditions like that it’s a different ball game sailing single-handed on a big boat like Sodebo. This morning there was too much wind to take in a third reef. As a front rolled through, the sea was white and dazzling. The rain and wind were bouncing off the water creating steam above the surface of the sea. When the boat surfs she generates such a disturbed flow that the leeward rudder ends up in the froth where I can no longer control it. I’m heading off into surfs, the likes of which I’ve never experienced before."

This morning Sodebo continues to ride the front, but despite making good progress her deficit on IDEC is still increasing - now up to 1211, from 1080 48 hours ago.

In fact we've just spoken to our man in the Southern Ocean - so we'll be posting Thomas Coville's latest comments imminently. Stand by .

 

 

 

 

Latest Comments

  • James Boyd 17/02/2011 - 11:42

    Well spotted... Going these speeds in a 10ft trimaran in the Southern Ocean would indeed be a feat.
  • GeorgeCollett 17/02/2011 - 10:04

    Is Sodebo only 10ft long then??
  • GeorgeCollett 17/02/2011 - 10:03

    Is Sodebo only 10ft long then??
  • David Bains 16/02/2011 - 10:22

    How does he manage to get any sleep at all! These are ferocious speeds he's maintaining for days on end. It does seem as though the Irens wave piercing bow "does what it says on the box". One also wonders how many times Francis stood Idec on it's nose as well.

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